forming THOUGHTFUL community…
…transforming our city and our world

At ECV, we know the power of ideas to build community and transform the world. And New Haven’s many academic institutions mean that our city has a vibrant intellectual life; it's an amazing place to generate and disseminate ideas that can change the world—inside and outside academia.

As a result, ECV has always nurtured and benefited from having vibrant communities of undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from our city’s many higher education institutions, including Yale, Quinnipiac, Southern Connecticut State, and University of New Haven. Come on a Sunday and you’re likely to run into a scientist, a music student, or humanities professor. Our Sunday talks and other teachings are shaped by the deep wrestling that these folks do and the rigorous habits of mind that they’ve acquired.

And, as a church, we’re committed to supporting the members of our community who do academic work. Intellectual work—whether as a student, a teacher, or a researcher—often means tackling really difficult questions about the world, about ourselves, and about God. We’ve found again and again that taking these questions seriously—intellectually and personally—is a pathway to deeper relationship with God, with one another, and with our neighbors in our city and around the world.

Beyond our local church, ECVers were instrumental in launching the Society of Vineyard Scholars, a community of theological discourse in the broader Vineyard movement. SVS annually gathers academics, pastors, church planters, and artists from across the US, UK, Canada, and around the world to present their work, wrestle with their questions, pray, worship, and build the church. A number of ECVers continue to provide leadership for SVS and June 22-24, 2017 ECV will be hosting the seventh annual Society of Vineyard Scholars conference at Yale Divinity School. Join us!

Do Seminary with ECV

While all intellectual work impacts our life with Jesus, theology (biblical studies, ethics, systematics, practical theology, church history, etc.) has a particular centrality as we wrestle with what it means to follow Jesus as part of the people of God. At ECV, we’ve been blessed to have a long relationship with Yale Divinity School: two of our pastors are YDS graduates and a number of YDS faculty attend, serve, and lead in our church.

The fact is that seminary—any seminary—can really only offer one half of a complete theological education. The other half has to come from a local church. At ECV, we’re committed to providing that crucial half of the picture and, over the last decade, dozens of seminary students have found ECV to be a great place to wrestle with the questions that seminary inevitably raises for the sake of building the church.

So, if you're a current or prospective seminary student in New Haven, we would encourage you to come visit to explore whether ECV is the right place for you. And if you’re in the Vineyard movement of churches or similar movements and you’re wondering whether seminary is the right fit for you, we'd love to chat about whether YDS + ECV might be the right place to pursue your theological education.

Questions? Contact one of our staff pastors (and YDS research faculty), Matt Croasmun (